WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Ronny Jackson's withdrawal from consideration for VA Secretary (all times local):
President Donald Trump is calling White House doctor Ronny Jackson an "American hero" a day after Jackson withdrew from consideration for Veterans Affairs secretary in the wake of allegations about his conduct.
Trump says during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Jackson is "a great doctor" and "a great admiral" and says he thinks the allegations are "an absolute disgrace."
And he's comparing Jackson's situation to his own, saying he has been a victim of a false Russia collusion smear campaign.
Trump also says he called Jackson earlier Friday and told him that he's an American hero "in a very big way."
Trump says that despite what happened with Jackson, many people are interested in the VA job. He says that includes "some very political people" who might handle things differently.
The U.S. Secret Service says it has no evidence to support an allegation that its personnel intervened to prevent White House doctor Ronny Jackson from disturbing former President Barack Obama during a foreign trip in 2015.
The Secret Service says it has conducted a "thorough review" of internal documents related to Obama's foreign trips in 2015 and interviewed people who were present.
They say they've found "no information that would indicate the allegation is accurate" and no record of any incident involving Jackson.
CNN reported allegations that Jackson drunkenly banged on the hotel room door of a female employee and that Secret Service personnel intervened out of concern he would wake Obama.
Jackson withdrew Thursday from being considered to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs amid a slew of allegations.